We, a family of four, stopped here on an overnight stop in August 2012, on our way back up to Monaco from Rome. The hotel itself is not technically in Lucca, as it is on the outskirts, just outside the town sign boundary. On the outside the building looks a little dated, with pseudo Moorish architecture. However, inside, the hotel is very nice and spacious with a dedicated reception area and a separate bar area. Although there is WiFi throughout the building, there is a public computer and printer in the reception area, if you need to run of any documents, such as boarding passes, etc.
Checking in at reception was a breeze with the receptionists speaking both Italian and English (to a good standard). As other reviewers have stated, this hotel appears to have a deal with a far east tour company, as there was a coach load of tourists from Hong Kong checking in, just after us. However, this didn't affect the check in process, as I believe that the tour guide does this en mass.
The very spacious family room that we booked was excellent and was fitted to a fairly high standard. Two separate rooms with a spacious toilet/bathroom. The main bedroom had a double bed, fitted wardrobes and a flat screen TV. The other room had two single beds, wardrobes, a flat screen TV and a dinning table and chairs. There was also a coffee making facility in the room. Also, a big plus when visiting Italy in August, the Air Con was good.
Our hotel deal included a buffet breakfast, which was very good. A wide selection of savory and sweet items and coffee adhoc (just tell the barrister what type of coffee you require and they will prepare it fresh). Tea and other beverages are self service.
With regards to visiting Lucca (the walled city area), it is quite a long way to walk. Therefore, I suggest that you either drive your car to the outskirts of the first city wall and park up (free after a certain time), or you take a taxi. The drive to the city centre is one straight main road, so you shouldn't get lost. Once within the walled city, you can hire a cycle for a small fee and actually cycle around the outer city wall (as well as anywhere else in the city). Cycling and walking really are the best way to get around this beautiful part of Tuscany.
In Conclusion: We found this hotel to be excellent value and would definitely stay here again. In fact, out of all the places we stayed in Italy and France this summer holiday, this hotel was our children's favorite (probably due to spaciousness of the rooms, beats Novotel any day...)
With regards to Lucca, it is a hidden gem. Everybody talks about Florence, Pisa and Siena. However, you must visit Lucca. It is a charming beautiful town.
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